Friday, November 16, 2007

Please Donate To Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Please Donate To Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Amidst all the drama playing out on the streets outside the theatres -- due to the 7-day old Broadway stagehands strike -- a serious effort typically taking place inside every Rialto theatre this time of year is being stymied: fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

I don't normally make appeals in this space for donations, but this is one cause I hope everyone can agree on, whether you're a striking stagehand or a producer.

If you're like me, a member of the audience, you'll want to know that this outstanding organization is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization:

BC/EFA is the ongoing, committed response from the American Theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $140 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.
Regardless of whether the show goes on or not, the scourge of AIDS, HIV and HIV-related continues, and those with these illnesses still need our help. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is making a profound difference.

Won't you please take a moment to click here and make a donation? I just did.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, think of this as your opportunity to give thanks for your own good health, as well as that of the ones you love.

Thank you for your support.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 16 November, 2007, Anonymous Rachel said...

Wow, I wasn't even aware they were striking.

It must be strike season.

At 16 November, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Rachel, Yes, about the only form of entertainment not currently impacted by a strike is literature.

You can view a whole lot more on the strike just by viewing the "Recent Headlines" section of this blog. While it's only been going on for one week, to those of us who love live theatre, it seems like eternity...

At 16 November, 2007, Blogger Esther said...

Steve, thanks for the reminder about all the good work BC/EFA does. I just made a donation.

I think I've mentioned before what an impression it made on me in April when David Hyde Pierce broke the fourth wall at the end of "Curtains" to make an appeal for donations. I really got a sense of the closeness between all of those who work on Broadway and their fans. I was happy to contribute then, and now.

At 19 November, 2007, Blogger Esther said...

Just wanted to let you know that the cast of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," currently on tour across the United States, is also asking for donations. So theatergoers who are seeing shows on tour will have a chance to help out. And they also mention which local organizations will benefit.


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